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James Murdoch reportedly will start overseeing Fox Networks Group
The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Peers & Jannarone cite sources as saying that News Corp. is "planning to give JAMES MURDOCH ... oversight of the Fox Networks Group, which includes the Fox broadcast network and cable networks." Murdoch already serves as News Corp. Deputy COO, but the new role "will give a clearer picture of his responsibilities." Fox Networks Group Chair & CEO PETER RICE will report to Murdoch. The new role "isn't expected to be confirmed until later this year." Murdoch is the son of News Corp. Chair RUPERT MURDOCH (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/21).

ADVISE CORNER: INSIDECOUNSEL magazine's Ashley Post profiles Nets and Barclays Center Exec VP/Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer JEFF GEWIRTZ. Post asks what advice Gewirtz would "give to a young person who wants to become involved in sports law." Gewirtz said, "The easiest route, frankly, is to go to the best law school you can, get the best grades you can, go to the best law firm you can -- preferably a law firm that has sports industry clients -- get exposure to those clients, and then ultimately impress those clients and hope to get an offer to move in-house." Post also asked Gewirtz what his "dream job" would be if he did not work in law. Gewirtz replied, "My dream job would be to be the CEO of the ATP World Tour" (INSIDECOUNSEL, 9/ '12 issue).

'STACHE BASH: Former MLBer and SportsNet N.Y. analyst KEITH HERNANDEZ said that he is going to have his mustache "shaved off at Citi Field next week to raise money for the Jacquelyn Hernandez Adult Day Health Center, which aids Alzheimer's disease patients and others with dementia." The shaving will occur "outside Citi Field's Jackie Robinson Rotunda on Thursday before the Mets' final home game of the season, vs. the Pirates." Schick Hydro has "agreed to bring in a barber -- and a barber chair -- for the event" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/21).

MANNY BEING MANNY: A federal judge has ordered boxer FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. to “pay about $114,000 for avoiding questioning from rival fighter MANNY PACQUIAO’s lawyers in a defamation case.” Pacquiao’s attorneys earlier “lost a bid to end the lawsuit with a more severe sanction -- a default judgment for Pacquiao.” But on Monday they “won more than $113,000 in legal fees and $774 in costs for what U.S. District Judge LARRY HICKS bluntly called ‘Mayweather’s obviously intentional decision not to appear for his court ordered deposition'" (AP, 9/19). Meanwhile, Pacquiao has been in discussions with rapper 50 CENT about "doing a 'couple' of co-promotions together, perhaps even one before the end of the year between Pacquiao's MP Promotions and the rapper's The Money Team outfit." Pacquiao said, "We're talking to each other. But right now, I'm kind of busy and we (haven't) finalized anything. We can do good business together" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/21).

NAMES: Univ. of North Carolina men’s basketball coach ROY WILLIAMS “has been released from UNC Hospitals, one day after he underwent a three-and-a-half hour operations to remove a tumor from his right kidney.” UNC Senior Associate AD/Communications STEVE KIRSCHNER said that doctors “didn’t yet know whether the tumor was malignant or benign,” and that it could take doctors “a week or more to determine that” (NEWSOBSERVER.com, 9/20)….Golfer STEVE STRICKER was awarded the Payne Stewart Award for his “respect for traditions of the game, support of charitable endeavors and professionalism” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 9/21)….AdWeek named NASCAR Senior VP & CMO STEVE PHELPS one of its ’12 “Brand Genius” winners (AdWeek)….NFL Jets QB TIM TEBOW appears in the October edition of Vogue. Tebow said of he is looking for in a future wife, “Obviously, looks play a big part, but there’s also so much more than that for me. It’s about finding someone sweet and kind -- and that has a servant’s heart” (VOGUE, 10/ ’12 issue).
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